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Eyes on Food Processing and Safety at Fi Europe & Ni

Eyes on Food Processing and Safety at Fi Europe & NiAt the world’s most important trade show for food ingredients, Fi Europe & Ni, taking place in Paris, France, from 3–5 December, visitors will be able to explore a one-stop-shop for processing technology, supply chain management, and food safety. As well as bespoke exhibitor content, the Expo FoodTec pavilion will also be hosting a top-tier conference programme in co-operation with the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST). The Expo FoodTec Hub will present insights on the latest developments and technologies by food technology experts and leading associations from across the industry.

In the pavilion itself, around 50 exhibitors will cover an entire spectrum of technological topics, including R&D, consultancy, analytical and laboratory equipment, food safety, packaging, and certification. Amongst the companies attending are the engineering companies GEA (Denmark) and Andritz Separation (Netherlands), the machinery expert Boccard (France), the packaging provider SpaceKraft (USA) and Armfield (UK), manufacturing miniature-scale R&D systems. Additionally, event organizer Fi Global and IUFoST will offer two days of free-to-attend “Current Challenges for Minimal Processing, Sustainability & Safety” lectures, delivered by expert speakers from industry and academia on 3–4 December.

Further educational opportunities in the Expo FoodTec Hub include

  • “Clean Label Shelf-Life Management for High Quality and Safe Foods” by Joost Blankestijn, Program Manager, Wageningen Food & Biobased Research (3 December)
  • “Adding Value Through Transformational Quality & Food Safety Management” by Rob Kooijmans, co-founder and co-owner, FoodRecall.nl (3 December)
  • “Preventing Food Safety Incidents Resulting from Food Crimes” by Huub Lelieveld and Veslemøy Andersen, Global Harmonisation Initiative (4 December).

Awards for Outstanding Innovations

With its Fi Innovation Awards, Fi Global honors companies and professionals in ten categories for new developments that significantly contribute to the entire industry. To acknowledge excellent processing and packaging solutions and services, the event organizer created the Food Tech Innovation Award category. Submissions are welcome until 20 September at https://awards.figlobal.com.

Food Safety in Transition

With the dedicated pavilion, the organizer is shining a spotlight on the game-changing impact of innovative technologies that meet consumer demand for high standards of food quality and safety. Today’s food has to be fresh, made with sustainably sourced ingredients and free from artificial preservatives; at the same time, buyers want convenience and a long shelf-life.

“Clean Label has become a mainstream consumer movement that has shifted from being a trend to something that is considered normal. It is now a moving target for food reformulators who are at the whim of the consumer’s changing wish list,” says speaker Joost Blankestijn. Rob Kooijman adds: “In the next 3 to 5 years, companies will be forced to display a much more proactive attitude towards quality and food safety. One of the underlying drivers will be the creation of a food safety culture or, even better, a culture of excellence.”

Solutions and hands-on approaches to meet today’s challenges will be available at the Expo FoodTec Pavilion.

Source: Fi Global

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